GeoQuiz is a rock, but let’s talk about islands

By John PeelHerald Features EditorNo man is an island.That might sound obvious, but it may help as you attempt the always-hair-pulling GeoQuiz today.Just keep in mind as you’re answering today’s...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

New Mexico: It’s neither

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – A pickup rockets down a road winding through the mountains embracing Los Alamos. It skids at a corner, picking up speed before scaling the mountainside with the fluidity and...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

The painful truth about ‘hidden’ airlines fees

Just how hidden are the travel industry’s so-called hidden fees?Fair question, given that the Transportation Department just weighed in on the topic. In late April, the agency issued a final ruling...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Vacation on the run

NEW ORLEANS – It’s 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and I’m in pain in New Orleans. Not morning-after-a-night-in-the-French Quarter type of pain, but knee pain.Together with 15,000 other runners, I’m...

DATE: April 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

What we kept after we threw out the dish water

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – Eight weeks have passed since I began a coast-to-coast bicycle trip across the southern tier of the United States with 15 other cyclists. Our group has ridden more than 3,000...

DATE: April 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

It’s the GeoQuiz, living large and small

By John PeelHerald Features EditorThis week the GeoQuiz dives into that all-important issue of the ages: Does size matter?To that we answer with two rhetorical questions: In geography? Are you...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

Gifts of adventure emerge unexpectedly

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. – I only now realize how few expectations I had when I began my two-month bicycle trip across the United States. I knew I would be part of a group of women whose average age...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

A peek at the paddock

MIDWAY, Ky. – As star-struck visitors approached a lush green paddock at Three Chimneys Farm, the stately thoroughbred Big Brown was right on cue. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner ambled up...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Real Ireland found on island of Inishmore

KILROANAN, Ireland – “Anchors Aweigh!” chortles the 80-year-old widow next to me when the ferry to Inishmore sails off, followed by “Oh, that was a good one!” when a furious wave hits the boat. The...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

This family just keeps rolling along

KERRVILLE, Texas – This cross-country trip came together as 15 women and two guides individually decided they could make the two-month commitment to bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast....

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

A nuclear family trip

NEW YORK – Peek into a 320-foot blast crater in the Nevada desert or descend a Titan II missile silo in Arizona for a look at two of many “atomic tourism” sites around the world that offer history...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

How to eat an elephant

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Like any initially insurmountable task, the best way to ride a bicycle across the entire southern tier of the United States seems to be one stroke at a time. It helps that my 14...

DATE: March 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

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